- The definition of a wiggle is a small fidgety movement.
The squirmy movements made by a little puppy who is trying to escape from a hug are an example of a wiggle.
- To wiggle is to get yourself out of something, to quickly move back and forth, or to fidget and squirm around.
- When you get out of doing dishes by declaring you have to use the bathroom and disappearing for 10 minutes, this is an example of when you wiggle out of doing the dishes.
- The movement of a shaking bowl of gelatin is an example of when it wiggles.
- When you squirm around and fidget in your chair using small movements, this is an example of when you wiggle.
Origin: Middle English wigelen, probably from Middle Dutch and amp; Middle Low German wiggelen, frequentative of wiggen, to move from side to side, akin to Old English wegan, to move: for Indo-European base see wag
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verb wig·gled, wig·gling, wig·gles verb, intransitive
- To move back and forth with quick irregular motions: The gelatin wiggled on the plate.
- a. To move or proceed with a twisting or turning motion; wriggle: wiggled restlessly in her chair; wiggled through the crowd.b. To insinuate or extricate oneself by sly or subtle means: wiggled out of a social engagement.
- To cause to move back and forth with quick irregular motions: wiggle a loose tooth.
- To make (one's way, for example) by or as if by wiggling: The pitcher wiggled his way out of a jam.
Origin: Middle English wiglen, probably from Middle Low German wiggelen, to totter; see wegh- in Indo-European roots.
- wigˈgly adjective
wiggle - Phrases/Idioms
get a wiggle on